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What would be the best way to create an effect of "keying" someones name into a piece of wood in photoshop? I've used a hard 2px brush with a tan color and it looks good. Just not believeable. What do I need for that "wow" factor... to really make it look legitimate?

Kinda sorta like this:

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Yeah, I've seen those tutorials, but they look "carved" in. I am looking for something gritty and "scratched" into wood. –  EGHDK Sep 21 '12 at 7:58
    
Always good to find a photo reference. Or make one yourself. –  e100 Sep 21 '12 at 8:31
    
In your photo I see rough lines, hand drawn, bark texture, cut marks, cast shadows, a gradient –  horatio Sep 21 '12 at 15:13
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Maybe this will help you in the right direction. I put together a little tutorial for you. http://fariidayasin.tumblr.com/

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Awesome. I appreciate the time you put into it. Thanks –  EGHDK Sep 24 '12 at 18:14
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